- Nearly 1,500 people protest in Chennai over Anitha's death
- Shops in Anitha's village in Ariyalur district shut today
- Anitha allegedly killed herself after she did not perform well in NEET
Around 1,500 workers from different opposition groups shouted slogans and protested at five different places in Chennai this morning targeting the E Palaniswami government in the state and the BJP at the centre for their failure in getting an exemption from NEET for medical admission. Nearly 300 workers of CPM were detained by the police after they blocked the famous Anna Salai road in Chennai.
Anitha was from a village in Ariyalur district, around 300 kilometres from Chennai. Her father, a daily wage labourer, said they found her hanging. As a mark of protest, shops are shut today in Ariyalur.
The top court exempted the state from NEET last year, but refused a request to continue the exemption this year.
The centre said if the Tamil Nadu government was to issue an ordinance or executive order that would effectively circumvent NEET, it would back the move. But abruptly, last week, it said the opposite in the Supreme Court, which then ordered Tamil Nadu to use NEET as its sole criterion for college admissions.
Pro NEET campaigners claim that the exam helps identify the best candidates to become doctors.